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Watagan Forestry HQ campsite to Heaton Gap
Time: 6 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
12.2 km N of Cooranbong
Length: 12.5 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 12.5 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Heaton State Forest
Climb: 729 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 729 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This walk starts from the Watagan Forestry HQ campsite and follows the Great North Walk through the Watagan State Forest. The walk then heads out to Heaton lookout and down the long descent into Heaton Gap, passing several more fantastic lookouts and picnic areas on the way. The walk finishes at Heaton Gap on Freemans drive, just opposite the Watagan Forest Motel. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Watagan Forestry HQ campsite to Heaton Gap

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Location

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Forestry H.Q campsite
Int of Bakers & Rocky Creek Roads
Int of Bakers & Glen Roads
Int of Bakers Road and Hunter Lookout track.
Hunter Lookout picnic area
Int of Bakers Road & Hunter Lookout picnic area
Bakers Road Loop Intersection
Maclean Lookout
Int of GNW track & Bakers Road
Int of GNW track AND a wide track
Int of GNW track & Glen Road
Int of GNW track & a wide bushtrack
Int of GNW track & a wide track
Int of GNW track and a narrow road
Int of GNW track and Fosters Road south
Int of GNW track and Hammonds Road
Creek Crossing
Int of GNW track and Wallis Creek
Int of GNW track and Barniers Road
Heaton Lookout.
Heaton Communications Tower
Heaton Gap Lookout
Int of GNW track and Freemans Drive trail
Starting point for this hiking track: Forestry H.Q campsite

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Photo Gallery

 
Forestry/Watagan Headquarters campsite
 
Forestry/Watagan Headquarters campsite +
 
Welcome to Watagan Headquarters Campsite
 
Welcome to Watagan Headquarters Campsite +
 
Great North Walk sign on Barkers Road, Forestry Head Quarters
 
Great North Walk sign on Barkers Road, Forestry Head Quarters +

 
Barkers Road on the Great North Walk
 
Barkers Road on the Great North Walk +
 
Hunter Lookout and Picnic Area
 
Hunter Lookout and Picnic Area +
 
View From Hunter Lookout
 
View From Hunter Lookout +

 
View From Hunter Picnic area and Lookout
 
View From Hunter Picnic area and Lookout +
 
On Barkers Road
 
On Barkers Road +
 
Small Mossy Creek
 
Small Mossy Creek +

 
View from Barkers Road
 
View from Barkers Road +
 
Great North Walk Trail
 
Great North Walk Trail +
 
A rocky  creek on the Great North Walk
 
A rocky creek on the Great North Walk +

 
Looking onto Wallis Creek
 
Looking onto Wallis Creek +
 
The Great North Walk
 
The Great North Walk +
 
Cave on The Great North Walk
 
Cave on The Great North Walk +

 
Scenery on The Great North Walk
 
Scenery on The Great North Walk +
 
Fallen tree on The Great North Walk
 
Fallen tree on The Great North Walk +
 
Termite Mound on The Great North Walk
 
Termite Mound on The Great North Walk +

 
View from the end of Hammonds Road
 
View from the end of Hammonds Road +
 
Track on Fosters Road
 
Track on Fosters Road +
 
View from the end of Hammonds Road
 
View from the end of Hammonds Road +

 
Track On Fosters Road
 
Track On Fosters Road +
 
View from of the Valley
 
View from of the Valley +
 
Walking along the base of the cliff on the Great North Walk
 
Walking along the base of the cliff on the Great North Walk +

 
Interesting rocks on The Great North Walk
 
Interesting rocks on The Great North Walk +
 
View From Hammons Road
 
View From Hammons Road +
 
View From  Barniers Road
 
View From Barniers Road +

 
Hollow tree on the Great North Walk
 
Hollow tree on the Great North Walk +
 
Wallis Creek on The Great North Walk
 
Wallis Creek on The Great North Walk +
 
Wallis Creek
 
Wallis Creek +

 
Trail On the Great North Walk
 
Trail On the Great North Walk +
 
Fallen Tree on Barniers Road
 
Fallen Tree on Barniers Road +
 
Barniers Road Trail
 
Barniers Road Trail +

 
Side creek flowing into Wallis Creek
 
Side creek flowing into Wallis Creek +
 
Barniers Road in the Watagans
 
Barniers Road in the Watagans +
 
Hollow tree
 
Hollow tree +

 
Great North Walk
 
Great North Walk +
 
Heading towards Heaton Lookout
 
Heading towards Heaton Lookout +
 
View from Heaton Lookout
 
View from Heaton Lookout +

 
View From Heaton Lookout
 
View From Heaton Lookout +
 
Barniers road On the Great North Walk
 
Barniers road On the Great North Walk +
 
Barniers Road
 
Barniers Road +

 
The Great North Walk near Mt Heaton Communications tower
 
The Great North Walk near Mt Heaton Communications tower +
 
Heaton Gap Lookout
 
Heaton Gap Lookout +
 
View From Heaton Gap Lookout
 
View From Heaton Gap Lookout +

 
Heaton Gap Lookout
 
Heaton Gap Lookout +
 
Trail on Freemans Drive trail
 
Trail on Freemans Drive trail +
 
View from Great North Walk Heaton Gap Lookout
 
View from Great North Walk Heaton Gap Lookout +

 
View From Heaton Gap Lookout
 
View From Heaton Gap Lookout +
 
View Heaton Gap Lookout on The Great North Walk
 
View Heaton Gap Lookout on The Great North Walk +
 
Track below Heaton Gap Lookout
 
Track below Heaton Gap Lookout +

 
View from stair case at Freemans Drive trail
 
View from stair case at Freemans Drive trail +
 
View from Freemans drive trail
 
View from Freemans drive trail +
 
Looking down the track near Heaton Gap Lookout
 
Looking down the track near Heaton Gap Lookout +

 
Flowers on The Great North Walk
 
Flowers on The Great North Walk +
 
Trail near Heaton Gap
 
Trail near Heaton Gap +
 
Heaton Gap Look out
 
Heaton Gap Look out +

 
View from above Heaton Gap
 
View from above Heaton Gap +
 
View of Freemans Drive trail
 
View of Freemans Drive trail +
 
Watagan Forest Motel
 
Watagan Forest Motel +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Watagan Forestry HQ campsite to Heaton Gap bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Watagan Forestry HQ campsite to Heaton Gap bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Watagan Forestry HQ campsite to Heaton Gap bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Watagan Forestry HQ campsite to Heaton Gap bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 13km
Time 6 hrs
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
6km of this walk has short steep hills and another 4.9km is very steep. The remaining (1.9km) has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
4.7km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 4km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. The remaining (3.8km) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 9km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 3.7km has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
7km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience and another 2.7km requires no previous bushwalking experience. The remaining (2.6km) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 11km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 1.7km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
4.8km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 3.9km has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged). The remaining (3.9km) has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Drive to Forestry H.Q campsite
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Watagan Headquarters Alt = 0 m
Watagan Headsquarters campsite[1] (aka Forestry HQ) is located in the Heaton State Forest, beside Bakers Rd, near Heaton Rd. This campsite has wood fired barbecues[2], picnic tables[3] and a garbage bin[4]. The large, flat, cleared area[5] allows plenty of room to pitch a tent. In 2010, a series of vandalism attacks occurred on the water tank, so there is no longer water available.

(0 km) Forestry H.Q campsite to Int of Bakers & Rocky Creek Roads
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 946 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -21 m
From the intersection (Forestry H.Q. campsite)[6], this walk follows Bakers Road gently downhill[7], while keeping the GNW arrow marker on your right[8] and the large 'Great North Walk' sign[9] on your left. The walk continues, undulating gently for about 900m until coming to a three-way intersection with Rocky Creek Road[10] (on the right).

(0.95 km) Int of Bakers & Rocky Creek Roads to Hunter Lookout picnic area
Track: Moderate - road,bushtrack
Length = 673 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -17 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[11], this walk follows Bakers Road north and gently uphill, while keeping Rocky Creek Road (no signpost) on your right. The walk continues, undulating gently for about 400m until coming to a three-way intersection with Glen Road[12] (on the right).
Continue straight: From the intersection[13], this walk follows Bakers Road gently uphill[14], while keeping Glen Road on your right. The walk continues, undulating gently for about 250m until coming to Hunter Lookout picnic area[15] (on the left).
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads off the road and up the hill following the Hunter Lookout picnic area sign, past the wooden gate and the public toilet, to the picnic area area and the lookout.

Hunter Lookout Alt = 435 m
Hunter Lookout[16] can be found on Bakers Road, along the Great North Walk. This fenced lookout has everything you will need snack-stop, including toilets[17], picnic tables, chairs and wood-fired barbecues[18]. This lookout has fantastic views[19] over much of the Hunter region[20]. In 2010, a series of vandalism attacks occurred on the water tank, so water is no longer available at Hunter Lookout.

(1.62 km) Hunter Lookout picnic area to Macleans Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,road,road
Length = 703 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 39 m Descent = -38 m
Continue straight: From the picnic area, this walk heads north, past the metal gate to the intersection of Bakers Road.
Veer left: From the Hunter Lookout picnic area[21] (on Bakers Road), this walk follows Bakers Road north and gently downhill[22], while keeping Hunter Lookout on your left. The walk continues for about 400m until coming to a Y-intersection[23] (Bakers Road loop).
Continue straight: From the intersection[24] (Bakers Road Loop), this walk follows the track gently uphill[25], while keeping the other end of Bakers Road Loop to your right, gently downhill. The walk follows the road for about 130m until coming to Macleans Lookout[26].

Mcleans Lookout Alt = 445 m
McLeans Lookout[27] offers magnificent views of the valleys[28] in Heaton State Forest. Located on Bakers Road, this fenced lookout also has picnic facilities including tables with seats[29] and open grassy areas.

(2.32 km) Maclean Lookout to Int of GNW track & Bakers Road
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 102 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -3 m
Veer right: From Mcleans Lookout[30], this walk follows Bakers Road gently downhill, while keeping Macleans Lookout behind you on your left. The walk continues for about 80m until coming to a three-way intersection[31] with a wide track and GNW arrow marker (on the left).

(2.42 km) Int of GNW track & Bakers Road to Int of GNW track AND Glen Road
Track: Hard - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 566 m Time = 15 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = -83 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[32], this walk follows the trail gently downhill[33], while keeping the 'Heaton Lookout' sign on your right. The walk continues (becoming moderately steep downhill) for about 280m until coming to a three-way intersection[34] with a track on the left.
Turn sharp right: From the intersection[35], this walk follows the track moderately steeply downhill[36], while keeping the GNW arrow marker on your left. The walk continues (descending moderately steeply into[37] and out[38] of a gully) for about 150m, until coming to a three-way intersection, Glen Road[39].

(2.99 km) Int of GNW track & Glen Road to Int of GNW track and Fosters Road south
Track: Hard - servicetrail,bushtrack,servicetrail,servicetrail
Length = 1.2 km Time = 33 mins
Climb = 117 m Descent = -84 m
Turn left: From the intersection[40], this walk follows the track gently downhill[41], while keeping the 'Glenn Rd' sign[42] on your right. The walk continues through forest[43] for about 120m, until coming to a three-way intersection[44] with a track and GNW arrow marker (on the left).
Turn left : From the intersection[45], this walk follows the GNW arrow marker[46] moderately steeply down along the track[47]. The walk continues for about 100m, to find a forested mossy creek[48] where the track bend right and continues close to the creek[49] for about 70m to then bend left and crossing the creek. The walk now follows the track undulating gently for about 280m before finding a large rock overhang[50]. The walk then continues moderately steeply uphill[51] for about 200m until coming to a T-intersection[52] with a wide trail and GNW arrow marker[53].
Turn right: From the intersection[54], this walk follows 'Watagan Forest Road' sign[55] uphill[56] along the trail for about 200m to a three-way intersection[57], with another 'Watagan Forest Road' sign[58] (on your left).
Continue straight: From the intersection[59], this walk follows the wide track gently downhill, while keeping the 'Macleans Lookout 2km' sign[60] on your right. The walk continues for about 140m to a three-way intersection[61], with Fosters Road on your right and 'Fosters Road' sign[62] on your left.

(4.19 km) Int of GNW track and Fosters Road south to Int of GNW track and Hammonds Road
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 432 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 59 m Descent = -68 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[63], this walk follows the GNW arrow post down along the wide old trail[64], passing the 'Fosters Road' sign[65] on your left. The walk continues for about 100m, where the wide track then leads moderately steeply downhill[66] for about 150m more. The walk then crosses a gully[67] and heads up[68] over another rise for about 70m to where the track narrows then bends left at a GNW arrow post. About 180m past the post, the walk crosses a gully[69] then heads up the other side, past a termite mound[70] to an unfenced cliff with distance valley views[71]. Here the track bends right and leads up a short distance to a dirt road[72]. The walk turns left and follows the road down for just a few metres to the 'Hammonds Road' sign, where the 'MacLean Lookout' arrow[73] points back along the road.

(4.62 km) Int of GNW track and Hammonds Road to Int of GNW track and Wallis Creek
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.45 km Time = 44 mins
Climb = 113 m Descent = -214 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[74], this walk follows the 'Heaton Lookout' sign[75] downhill along the road a few metres, then veers left to follow the GNW arrow down the old trail[76]. The walk leads fairly steeply down for about 180m then passes around a timber barrier[77]. Here the track narrows and continues more steeply downhill[78] through forest for about 250m to a gully and creek crossing[79] (with many fallen dead trees[80]).
Continue straight: This walk crosses the creek[81] and follows the track, while keeping the valley on your left. The walk follows the track steeply up for a short distance, then follows along the base of a cliff[82] for about 120m to pass through a long sandstone cave[83]. The rocky track leads steeply down through the dense rainforest for 700m, following a series of GNW arrow posts to the bottom of the gully beside Wallis Creek[84].

(6.07 km) Int of GNW track and Wallis Creek to Int of GNW track and Barniers Road
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.02 km Time = 30 mins
Climb = 143 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From here, the walk crosses Wallis Creek[85], and follows the GNW arrows south gently uphill along the track. The walk continues (crossing over a tree trunk[86] with carved steps) and after about 500m, comes to a creek and a tree trunk with a directional arrow carving[87]. Then the walk follows the track[88] for about 130m (crossing the creek a number[89] of times) to find the track leaving the creek[90]. The track is followed moderately steeply uphill[91] through forest for about 400m, until coming to a level four-way intersection[92] with a 'Barniers Road/Mt Faulk Road' sign on your right.

(7.08 km) Int of GNW track and Barniers Road to Int of GNW track and Heaton Lookout
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.19 km Time = 29 mins
Climb = 58 m Descent = -115 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[93], this walk follows the GNW arrow east, directly away from the face of the 'Barniers Road' sign[94]. The walk continues along the old trail for about 450m to find an intersection[95] with a track (on the right). Here the walk turns right, following the 'The Great North Walk' sign[96] moderately steeply down the narrow track[97] for about 220m and then crosses a creek[98]. The walk continues moderately steeply uphill[99] around another gully and after about 500m, comes to a T-intersection[100] with Heaton trail and Heaton Lookout[101] directly ahead.

Heaton Lookout Alt = 379 m
Heaton Lookout[102] is one of the larger lookouts located on Heaton Road. This fenced lookout faces south-east. There are wood fired barbecues[103], picnic tables[104] and a pit toilet[105]. Heaton Lookout is a great place to stop for a snack, and the amazing view[106] feels like a bonus. This lookout was named after Richard Heaton, a timber cutter who came to Australia as a convict[107]. There is a water tank here, due to vandalism in the area this is not a reliable water source.

(8.28 km) Heaton Lookout. to Heaton Communications Tower
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 2.43 km Time = 54 mins
Climb = 144 m Descent = -54 m
Turn left: From 'Heaton Lookout'[108], this walk follows the 'Heaton Gap' sign[109] gently uphill along the dirt Heaton Rd[110], past the toilet[111]. After about 250m, the road leads past the 'Heaton Loop Trail' side track[112], then about 250m later (staying left at the Y-intersection) the road passes another section of the same signposted track[113] as the road bends left, enjoying the views over the clearing (on your right). The road now leads gently uphill[114] for about 1.7km, ignoring a series of side tracks until coming to a clear three-way intersection[115] just past the brick building[116] and fenced communication tower[117] (on the right, and a small dam on the left).

(10.71 km) Heaton Communications Tower to Heaton Gap Lookout
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 621 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -69 m
Turn right: From the intersection[118], this walk follows the GNW arrow marker[119] off the main road, heading east along the wide trail, initially keeping the fenced tower[120] on your right. The trail follows the power lines[ref img=359237 for about 600m and then bends right, coming to the Heaton Gap Lookout[121]. The unsignposted and unfenced clearing[122] has wide, uninterrupted views to the south.

Heaton Gap Lookout Alt = 415 m
Heaton Gap lookout is a fantastic spot to stop and catch your breath in Heaton State Forest. This unfenced lookout[123] offers exhilarating views over the valleys towards Tuggerah Lake and Lake Macquarie[124]. this unsignposted view, as with many features in the area, was named after Richard Heaton, a timber cutter who came to Australia as a convict[125]. More info

(11.33 km) Heaton Gap Lookout to Heaton Gap Track Head
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.22 km Time = 32 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -272 m
Continue straight: From Heaton Gap Lookout[126], this walk follows the track east, moderately steeply downhill, initially keeping the view from Heaton Gap Lookout[127] on your right. After about 60m, the track leads to a timber platform with more views[128], underneath the power lines. The walk continues past some handrailing for about 20m to come to the 'Great North Walk Walker Register' post[129]. After noting your intentions, the walk continues steeply downhill[130] with stone and timber steps[131] and sections for handrail for about 200m, past the rock boulders and grass trees where the track widens into a narrow grassy trail. Here the walk follows this trail and the power lines downhill, steeply[132] in places, for about 600m, until coming to a level unsignposted three-way intersection[133] with the Freemans Drive trail[134] (on the right).
Veer left: From the intersection[135], this walk follows the GNW arrow post and power lines[136] steeply downhill[137] along the trail. The walk continues for about 180m to find a three-way intersection[138], with a GNW arrow marker on the right (where the power line trail bends left). The walk turns right, leaving the power lines and following the GNW arrow marker steeply down a narrower forested track[139]. The track winds down some timber steps, towards the sound of traffic for about 160m then down a timber staircase[140] to the edge of Freemans Drive. Here the walk crosses Freemans Drive[141] (busy road, please be careful to look and listen for traffic) and comes to the Watagan Forest Motel[142], petrol station (on the left), picnic area[143] and signposted 'Heaton Gap Track Head'[144] (on the right).

Watagan Forest Motel Alt = 145 m
Watagan Forest Motel[145] is located on Branxton-Toronto Road. This retro-style motel is located right on the Great North Walk. The motel offers six rooms[146] for around $99 per night - each with a double bed[147] (four rooms also have twin singles), a television[148], bathroom with shower[149], air conditioning[150], and breakfast included. Room service is available. Adjoining the motel is a service station[151], which also offers dining room meals as well as a small grocery selection (bread, milk, bottled water, rice, pasta, etc), open until 8:30pm daily. A rest area is situated next to the motel, with covered picnic tables and garbage bins[152]. For further information, phone (02)4938 0149.

Catch the bus from Heaton Gap Track Head
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Drive from Heaton Gap Track Head
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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Carneys Sport & Leisure 137 Vincent St , Cessnock (02) 4991 2208 16.4 km
Lake Macquarie Kayaks & Camping Unit 1 61 Alliance Ave, Morisset (02) 4973 2028 16.6 km
Camping World Cnr Hillsborough & Macquarie Rds, Warners Bay (02) 4956 6183 22.6 km
East Lake Refrigeration 511 Lake Rd , Argenton (02) 4958 6255 20.9 km
Camping World 3/ 276 Macquarie Rd , Warners Bay (02) 4956 6183 23 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Watagan Forestry HQ campsite to Heaton Gap.
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Site Distance and dir from Watagan Forestry HQ campsite to Heaton Gap
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6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 10 km (to the ENE)
2 VMB4 Auzcom Communications Site 1 Sugarloaf Range Via NEWCASTLE 11 km (to the ENE)
1 CHT01 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN 26 km (to the E)
5 CHN05 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN
Emergency use only
26 km (to the E)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 46 km (to the S)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Hunter fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

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Watagans National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page

Region: Hunter & Mid North Coast
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Watagans National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Closed areas: Click Creek fire trail and Slippery Rock Road
Click Creek fire trail is closed due to extensive storm damage. The trail will remain closed until maintenance works can be completed. Slippery Rock Road is closed due to eroded surfaces making conditions unsafe. The road will reopen, subject to conditions, once maintenance work is completed. Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, please contact the NPWS Lakes area office on (02) 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Safety alerts: Access to park during inclement weather
Roads in Watagans National Park are unsealed, and accessible by 2WD in dry conditions only. 4WD's should be used at all other times. Gates and roads may be temporarily closed to prevent damage when wet. Please contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah office on (02) 4972 9000 for more information.



Heaton State Forest Boardering Watagan national Park, Heaton State forest is home to many great lookouts. There sre many highpoints with cliff edges giving great views across the Hunter valley and Lake Macquarie.
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I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.


Awaba State Forest A large parcel of land west of the northern end of lake Macquarie, Awaba state forest lines the side of part of the Sydney - newcastle freeway. The park is home to mostly native forest
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I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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Luda Karavaev - to Heaton Lookout IP:122.106.178.xxx | 2011-09-11 12:47:23
I have to say that we walked this track today, we started at congewai and expected to finish at Heaton Gap. we found the bush track following macleans lookout was very messed up with alot of fallen rocks and trees and steep declines. Things got worse when we reached the forest and no signs were to be found, ultimately we got lost and had to try and find our own way out of the forest, luckily we had torches with us as we were stick until after sunset. We recommend following the fire trail until the bush track is cleaned up.
admin Super Administrator | 2011-09-11 22:37:24
Hi Luda
Thanks for the message, Sorry you had such a hard time. Can you have a look at the map again and tell me where the track was all messed up. Was it at 2.99km or 4.61km? Once I know I can report the issue to the track manager. You can look at the little 'reference' numbers on the online track notes to look at photos of the intersection and points along the way that might help jog the memory (and see what it was like when we walked it).
Thanks
Matt :)
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